Danny/Sara: The tango was pretty good, but mostly memorable because of Sara’s awesome body. But the hip-hop! Good grief, I was getting flashbacks from high school. Since we know this is Sara’s forte, Danny must’ve really sucked to have such an uninspired and derivative routine result. Ugh. And they nailed it with the “Sesame Street” wardrobe, and the choice of song couldn’t have been more cliched. Yikes. I think Sara’s solid, but Danny’s search for broader appeal has been an uphill battle and he did himself no favors this week.
Dominic/Lauren: The krumping was better than the hip-hop, especially toward the end, but still nothing very special. And the rhumba was a snoozer–all build-up and no real resolution. Both of these two are in danger, especially Lauren.
Neil/Lacey: I liked the Latin Jazz more than the judges, but they were right that there was little chemistry between them. And I would’ve found the contemporary routine more moving if they ditched all the stupid flowers and Neil’s “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” get-up and didn’t frontload the emotional importance of the piece to bias, well, everybody. Who was going to say anything bad about it? I thought it was sweet, and Lacey looked genuinely beautiful for the first time (she usually is more perky/sassy/sexy), but I can think of other contemporary numbers from this year that were better. But the weight of this last number in particular (not to mention Neil’s previous shirtlessness) secures these two in the safe column.
Pasha/Sabra: Nigel’s right in that these two were easily the best couple of the night, and the only thing that might imperil them is that their two routines (Broadway & Quick Step) have virtually no followers in the audience, so no matter how good they were at both of them, I can see why a lot of people might not be enthused. The Broadway number was tough because it felt like it was the 3-minute closer of a 9-minute number, so it required more build-up than it could afford to have. But the quick-step was fun, though more technical and less showy than the more popular swing moves that really cue up the crowd. Still, they were a good pairing and I think both are safe.